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It's time to do some spring cleaning!!! With all the dirt and dust flying around, do not forget to take care of your face! One of the best things you can do for your skin is to cleanse morning and night. Getting rid of the daily dirt, oil and makeup residue will help you maintain a much healthier and clearer complexion. The Certified Fabulous team put some great cleansers to the test, and we wanted to share our results. These next three facial cleansers went above and beyond your basic cleanser, with different delivery systems and varying benefits. Here is what we found:

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derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser

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Anti-Wrinkle Gel Cleanser
This cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump, very easy to use. 

Ingredients: Vitamin A and Glycolic Acid

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Do you ever feel like sometimes when you look in the mirror all you can see is your pores looking back at you? I sure do! I feel like my pores are always huge and I was starting to give up hope on a solution to this until I tried the Neutrogena Pore Refining products.   They are so confident that they can shrink your pores that Neutrogena has a “Pore No More” Challenge #PoreNoMore. It is a 7-day challenge and what they want you to do is Swap out your regular skincare routine for Neutrogena Pore refining collection, using it up to 2x a day for one week. After your 7-day test they challenge you to feel confident in your bare skin. 

Challenge accepted Neutrogena!

Neutrogena pore refining daily cleanserSo Neutrogena offers a Pore Refining daily cleanser, toner, exfoliating cleanser and moisturizer. They have my morning and night routine covered. The products are of course aimed to shrink the look of large pores.  They are formulated to penetrates deep into skin to remove dirt, oil & makeup that can clog enlarged pores then it sweeps away dead surface skin and smoothes over rough, uneven patches to tighten large pores.  Sounds like a lot to deliver right? I was really happy with my results after using all of these products for a short amount of time.neutrogena pore refining exfoliating cleanser

First I would usually start with the Pore Refining Daily cleanser. This cleanser will help the look of pores and refine skin’s tone and texture.  The cleanser feels really nice and left my skin feeling clean without drying it out which is always nice.  Neutrogena also offers a Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser which will also help reduce the look of pores and they say you should notice a difference within one week.  What makes this exfoliator work is micro beads that will help get rid of dead surface skin and also help even out skin tone. The alpha-hydroxy formula will penetrate deep into pores to remove dirt, oil and makeup.  I really enjoyed how this made my skin feel. I used it every over day in replace of the Daily cleanser but you can use it every day depending on your preference.

 

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Boots No7 Men Energising Face Wash 11.1.13 Certified FabulousThe Boots No7 brand of men’s skin care is a unique approach to the modern mans skin care needs. They have done an excellent job tailoring individual products to treat specific issues. Issues like: black heads in the pores, razor burned skin, and even tired looking eyes. By working to solve each issue, they have produced a dynamic line of products that complement each other perfectly. 

Boots No7 Men’s Energising Face Wash

This face wash is a refreshing splash of silky excellence. The light scented lather was invigorating to my skin. I could feel the oils of the day being gently coaxed out of my pores leaving a cleansed surface behind. After daily use of the face wash, my skin was clearer and less greasy over all. The fine balance of ingredients in this wash seemed to fully nourish my skin while achieving a purified clean. Definitely a winner in my opinion.

Boots Men Energising Face Scrub 11.1.13 Certified FabulousBoots No7 Men’s Energising Face Scrub

The face washes tougher brother. This scrub is an interesting mix of cleansing and exfoliating. I tend to have more sensitive skin, so I was recommended to use this product once a week, but daily washing is advised for those of a more rough skin type. The fine grit of this wash did a great job of shucking off dead skin and grime that your skin accumulates over time. I would equate it to a scrubbing pad to a pan, great for removing stubborn grime without damaging the surface. Word of caution though, don’t get over zealous with the scrubbing, this product doesn't pull any punches.

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Whether you lost a loved one, have a personal connection to someone who has breast cancer, are a survivor or simply want to be a part of helping to find a cure, Breast Cancer Awareness month is a time to come together and promote awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

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Thanks to beauty companies like Adventuress and Primavera, helping support the cause is easy and helps rid you of dreaded buyer’s remorse. These are my top two picks that do wonders for skin and even larger wonders in breast cancer research.

Adventuress Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier

This product was designed with an active lifestyle in mind. It’s traveled with me, been toted along in my gym bag and tossed in my backpack when going for long bike rides. The restorative purifier promises to hydrate, enhance radiance, unblock pores and firm your skin using the power of quince seed and other naturally occurring fruit and plant extracts. The consistency feels like a face serum and it has a pleasant scent. It’s great if you’re looking to liven up dull skin or are in need of a refreshing cleanse after a long day. For the month of October, Adventuress will be donating $1 of every item sold to the Bikes 4 Breast Cancer Initiative to keep with their active message.

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A cleanser is made to take off makeup, dirt, grime and anything else you don't want hanging around on your face while you sleep or get ready to apply makeup in the morning! I am very VERY obsessed with my skincare routine and I have never skipped any step to my process, yes even when I have got home at 2AM or stayed at a friends house unexpectedly. Cleaning your face is very important and I always tend to think of it as an artists canvas, I wouldn't want to paint on a dirty canvas or one that had paint on it already, so why would I want to layer more makeup on if my face wasn't clean? Not to mention the environmental toxins we encounter on a daily basis! Ewww. So the first step, and most basic step to skincare is cleanser. What will you put on your face to wash away the days build up?

Avalon Organics main purpose and mission statement is "to create an extraordinary range of truly effective personal care products that are inherently pure, safe and certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients. Formulated without parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, phthalates, or potentially harmful sulfates, our products are made with 100% vegetarian, science-based nutrients and natural botanicals, and are designed to reflect your need for a pure and effective line of personal care products." (source: www.avalonorganics.com

Their bottles are even made with 100% recycled materials!

I may have a strict skincare routine but when it comes to natural and organic product use, I have not really looked into it as much as I should. Although there are products that I can not give up that are not organic or natural, I know that it is important to incorporate them into my skincare routine in some way. Upon thinking about organic products and the safety of skincare in general I was excited to try out the Avalon Organics CoQ10 Repair TM Facial Cleansing Gel.

Avalon Organics coQ10 repair facial cleansing Gel certified fabulous skincare face wash review

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Amarte Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam 10.10.13 Certified FabulousThe Amarté skin care icon has two interwoven hearts in harmony – a blending of eastern and western science

“Love yourself – Love your skin”

Amarté Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam

This is a very nice cleansing foam as a light weight whipped lotion. With 2 or 3 pumps it lathered nicely and removed all of my makeup leaving my skin feeling soft and clean, not tight or dry.

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“The Beautiful Side of Healthy”

We all know that a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders for your skin, body, and mindset. As you change your diet, and perhaps pay more attention to what exactly is in your food and how it is getting to you, you might want to begin to look at your skincare in a similar fashion. If natural, organic ingredients in your food are beneficial to your skin and body, wouldn't you want the same in your skincare? Well, if you're looking for just that, a natural, healthy skincare line to really care for and benefit your skin, AEGEIA has it. 

Aegeia Purifying Facial CleanserI have been recently paying more attention to the types of food that I'm eating, and the ingredients that are in some things that should be so simple. So when AEGEIA products came into the office, I was excited to apply this same type of attention to skincare are learn more about this brand and the natural products they offer. For this week I tested out the AEGEIA Purifying Facial Cleanser. Made with 100% PURE Essential Oils and 100% Natural, this cleanser really does give you "The Beautiful Side of Healthy." 

My first impression was that this cleanser does smell a bit medicinal, but don't let that scare you off because all the natural ingredients work to make a great cleanser. And when I revisited the scent, you can really smell the lavender and spearmint! To use, gently rub onto the face and neck in circular motions. Then wipe off with a warm, moist wash cloth. This cleanser has soft beads that work as a gentle exfoliate to clear away those dead skin cells for a renewed skin surface! Not only does this work as a cleanser, but you can also remove eye makeup by massaging the cleanser gently onto the eyelashes! After using this cleanser, my skin felt really nice. It was thoroughly cleansed, but not stripped. It was neither drying, nor did it leave a thin film of product. My skin felt restored, hydrated, smooth, and well, healthy! I did not feel like I was missing anything from other cleansers that are not 100% natural. 

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Its beach week and that means getting beach-body ready. These great products will help get you there in no time!

 

La Roche Posay Cleansing Gel 7.5.13 Certified Fabulous

La Roche Posay Ultra Fine Scrub and Cleansing Gel 7.5.13 Certified FabulousWe all know how important it is to use sunscreen while spending the day at the beach but it’s also important to prepare our skin first with gentle cleansers and/or scrubs. I love La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub & Cleansing Gel. The scrub, for
sensitive skin, is formulated with a chemical exfoliant that boosts surface-cell turnover while maintaining balance. It contains Poloxamer, which is a mild cleansing agent but effective in removing impurities. It deeply cleanses and smoothes skin leaving it soft and subtle. $17.99

For a gentler cleanser, try Physiological Cleansing Gel. Also made with Poloxamer, this gel texture has a cooling effect without causing dryness, $21.99. Physiological products are soap-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free and safe for sensitive skin.

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Cleansing is my single most important beauty ritual. No matter how exhausted I am at the end of the day, I always take time to wash off my makeup, the sweat from the gym or the grunginess of the day.  I have used countless cleansers with varying results. Soap & Glory’s Soap & Clarity 3 in 1 Daily Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash is surely up there as one of my favorites. This wash is full of Vitamin C, which has been used for centuries for its many health benefits.

Soap and Glory facesoap clarity certified fabulous 6.3.13It's been centuries since British sailors discovered the key to avoiding scurvy: vitamin C. Vitamin C plays a vital role in maintaining the health of your skin. Those sailors and others who couldn't get fresh fruits and vegetables suffered bleeding under the skin, ulcers and joint weakness. That's because vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself. Vitamin C’s skin-health benefits are largely attributed to its benefits in supporting healthy collagen. Collagen works hand-in-hand with elastin to support the skin. Basically, it supplies the framework that provides form, firmness, and strength to the skin, while elastin is what gives skin its flexibility.

Modern medicine has come to realize why these herbal remedies were so trusted by ancient civilizations. When topically applied, vitamin C provides a skin-rejuvenating effect by improving collagen synthesis in the skin that slows down with aging, as well as limiting skin damage from free radicals. I believe the Vitamin C in this product helps contribute to its effectiveness.

This face wash is described as “A high-tech, gentle non-drying foaming facial wash, formulated with complexion-friendly, easy-rinse surfactants and special SUPERFRUIT™ PLUM skin brightening complex.” I used this wash for the first time in the shower. It has a very clean and fresh fragrance. I immediately loved the little scrubby bits suspended in the light green gel like formula. I love a wash that combines exfoliate properties, scrubbing always makes my skin feel clean. It was defiantly an “easy rinse” cleanser as it washed away nicely. What stands out most with this product was how clean my face felt after cleansing, without leaving my face tight and dry. I tend to have a shiny forehead, but noticed this was remedied after using this wash. I would truly recommend this product to those who have problem skin, oily skin, or for those who wear makeup and need a really thorough cleanser.

 

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We can feel summer is getting closer and closer, and although we want to jump right into the warm weather, it’s always good to be prepared to make the most of it. So for this week I have a great lineup of products that will help you make the most of the glorious summer sun.

Starting with shampoo! Although we may like the golden vibes the sun can give to our hair, we also
05212012 John Frieda Sheer Blonde Certified Fabulouswant to make sure it doesn’t damage any color treatment we may already have. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner helps maintain the vibrant look of your color treated blonde while leaving hair feeling soft and nourished. The shampoo and conditioner create a rich lather that evenly and easily coats your hair, really creating the feel of salon treatment. This will be one of my go-to hair products to maintain my color treated blonde throughout the summer!

At $4.65 each on Amazon, John Frieda’s Color Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner is an awesome buy! But if you’re looking for a higher option, check out Aquage Color Protecting Shampoo at $14.99 on Amazon.

Next up, Pores No More Cleanser by Dr. Brandt. If you desire a squeaky clean complexion this is your cleanser! From the heat, the sand from the beach, and all 05212013 dr brandt pores no more cleanser Certified Fabulousour summer activities, our skin can feel a bit oily and well…gross. This cleanser refines enlarged pores, controls excess oil, while clearing blackheads and whiteheads. Basically, it will leave you will a clean, smooth complexion after all the summer dirt. The smooth and foaming lather really feels as though it’s clearing my skin of impurities. Helping clear blackheads and refining pores will also give me the confidence to wear less makeup during those particularly hot and busy days.

You can buy Pores No More for $35.00

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For this week I have a facial cleanser that will revive dull skin just in time for summer! Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser has small beads that gently exfoliate your skin leaving you with a bright, clear, and smooth complexion. This cleanser is 100% natural with a high concentration of sea buckthorn that’s rich with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for a more beautiful complexion. This cleanser was not too rough even with my sensitive skin. My skin felt thoroughly clean and refreshed! Everyone’s skin needs a little pick me up once in a while, so if your complexion is feeling a bit dull, this is just what you need to get that revived and refreshed look!

You can purchase SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Facial Cleanser for $16.97 at www.seabuckwonders.com

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High-Low Natural Exfoliating Facial Cleanser options:

Cure Natural Aqua Gel Exfoliator $32.00 on Amazon

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Another amazing product by PRIMAVERA. I loved the facial scrub, and since trying the Neroli Cassis Cream Cleanser, I am a believer in Primavera's amazing skin care collection. This cleanser contains amazing natural (and Fair Trade) ingredients, and uses essential oils not only for the skin benefits, but also for the aromatherapy benefits as well. 

For 5,000 years, essential oils have been used for holistic healing because of their verified physical and emotional benefits. Essential oils are the 04212013 Primavera Moisturizing Cream Cleanser Certified Fabulousheart of every PRIMAVERA product. In the Cream Cleanser, the primary oil used is the Neroli essential oil. Neroli essential oil soothes dry, flaky skin while calming and balancing the senses.  Cassis Seed Oil is also present in this product, which helps seal in natural moisture.  Cassis oil also contains essential fatty acids which help seal moisture into the skin while smoothing, softening and strengthening. Cranberry Extract protects skin against free radicals.

This cleanser is packaged in a beautiful green glass bottle with a pump, which helps one use the correct amount of product. The fragrance is citrusy, and very natural.  This cleanser is very gentle, but was able to wash away my makeup without a lot of scrubbing.  I asked my hubby to try this amazing cleanser, and he really liked how his face felt very clean after cleansing, but not tight and dry. 

Not only does Primavera create amazing skincare products, every action that goes into making PRIMAVERA products is taken with consideration for the Earth and humanity. Over two decades ago, PRIMAVERA pioneered collaborative, fair trade partnerships with a worldwide community of farmers committed to environmental sustainability. It is an integral part of their mission to expand existing organic farms and actively support independent farmers as they convert from conventional to organic agriculture.

All of this considered, Primavera Neroli Cassis Cream Cleanser is an amazing product.  I look forward to seeing what else Primavera has to offer in their so far amazing skin care collection.

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The effects from the sun can be harsh on the skin, especially the face. I mean let’s be honest with ourselves, there really is no safe way to tan. I personally love to be in the sun, I tan pretty easily but I know I need to protect my skin. Overexposure can cause premature wrinkling, age spots, or worse, 04122013 Coola Environmental Repair Plus Clear Recovery Foam Wash certified fabulouscancer. Coola Environmental Repair Plus Clear Recovery Foam Wash is a pre and a post protective wash that cools and tones the skin, reduces inflammation and can even minimize the appearance of age spots.

With certified organic ingredients, this gentle, non-drying formula leaves my skin hydrated and renewed.

Here’s what Coola says about the good stuff in this foam wash:

Soap Berry

A natural cleanser for the skin that reduces age spots and sun damage by inhibiting melanin production.

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You’ve probably read about the benefits of drinking green tea, from lowering blood pressure to fighting cancer but have you heard about the benefits it has on your skin? dmSkincare botana-gel cleanser is a great gel-based foaming cleanser for all skin types and with key ingredients of both green tea and 04072013 botana gel cleanser dm skincare certified fabulous - Copycucumber; it will become your new favorite cleanser.

Research shows that green tea extract is naturally rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals. Exposure to pollution and smoking as well as sunlight increases the number of free radicals in the blood, but the potent antioxidants found in green tea are believed to not only promote good health but also makes you look younger. And isn’t that the most important thing for a woman to hear? You bet!

With gentle exfoliation, calming botanicals and aloe for moisturizing, it removes oil and makeup and leaves a clean and smooth feeling. A perfect combination of botanicals along with Vitamin’s C & E makes this cleanser highly effective.

dmSkincare’s products are paraben, phthalate, sulfate and petroleum-free and do not contain harmful chemicals, preservatives, artificial fragrances or dyes.

 

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